I used to always want my presents to be surprises, but then I realized what I was truly hoping for was the perfect present that showed how well someone knew me. But after being disappointed every time, I finally accepted that my hopes were very unrealistic and it made more sense for me to specifically ask for things.
This Christmas, I asked for A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. If his name sounds familiar, it might be because he’s the author of the Chronicles of Narnia. I learned about this book because my history/English teacher keeps her copy of it on her desk. She said in class that it was given to her by another history/English teacher who teaches freshmen.
The book is a collection of not even page long excerpts from his many books, including Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. I’m excited to read it. C. S. Lewis has that way with words that makes you stop and just hold the sentence in your mind.
Along with A Year with C. S. Lewis, I got a Bible commentary, which is a Bible with extra information such as context and explanations. There are so many commentaries out there that I didn’t know where to start, so I emailed the Bible Binge. Great podcast, by the way. They sent an email back with a very helpful list of commentaries they use. I ended up getting the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, but the other ones mentioned were The Wiersbie Bible Commentary, the ESV Study Bible, Matthew Henry, the Everday Bible Commentaries Series, and the Classic Midrash.
I looked at the first few pages of Genesis, and it seemed like there might be more commentary than Bible sometimes. I think a chapter is going to take a few days to read, so I’m going to take it slow and see how it goes.
Also, I want to read some Christian books, which is not a genre I have a record of reading. These following titles are the ones I want to read most.
– The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You by Shannan Martin
– Meeting God in Scripture: A Hands-On Guide to Lectio Divina by Jan Johnson
– A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journals #1) by Madeleine L’Engle
– Remember God by Annie F. Downs
– The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions by Knox McCoy
– Invitations to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness by Jan Johnson
– Blue Babies Pink (this one isn’t a book) by Brett Trapp
And then there are two authors I want to read in general- Donald Miller and David Platt.
So that’s my quiet time plan for 2019. C. S. Lewis, a Bible commentary, and some Christian books.